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I finally started to build my table today. I have been searching and can't get an answer to my question. I don't know how to ask it so here goes.

  1. I have a Bosch 1617EVS Router and don't know how to map the 3 holes to screw it to the 3/4 ply and mount it. I went though my instruction manual and there isn't a templet or centering guide. I may not be seeing it, but it is in the holes of the plastic plate I removed? How do you guys solve this sort of thing when you make a new table?
  2. I have some 1/2 polycarbonate laying around. I am not ready to get a plate yet, but can I make one from the 1/2 inch poly? Will it hold the stress?
Thanks in advance.
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Thank you guys for the info. I went ahead and bought the Rockler router table assembly that was on special for 229.00 with 20 percent off. I am spending too much time as a beginner building a table and not learning the tool. I can buy plates later as I need them. I can also build a larger table later. I just have a few projects to get done before I give them as presents.

Anyway, they table is press board. It is exposed on the underside and edges. I have a basement that gets water leaks and I also live in Atlanta. GA, where is is very humid. Do you guys recommend adding a lacquer or polyurethane coat to the exposed wood to seal it? Would I even need to do this?

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One more question?

Thank you guys for the info. I went ahead and bought the Rockler router table assembly that was on special for 229.00 with 20 percent off. I am spending too much time as a beginner building a table and not learning the tool. I can buy plates later as I need them. I can also build a larger table later. I just have a few projects to get done before I give them as presents.

Anyway, they table is press board. It is exposed on the underside and edges. I have a basement that gets water leaks and I also live in Atlanta. GA, where is is very humid. Do you guys recommend adding a lacquer or polyurethane coat to the exposed wood to seal it? Would I even need to do this?

Thanks.
I would seal only the exposed MDF edges with PVA glue or oil-based filling primers.
I would not do anything to the underside as it may cause the table to warp since you cannot also do the same equal treatment on the top surface.
 

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the table is press board. Do you guys recommend adding a lacquer or polyurethane coat to the exposed wood to seal it?
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For me, I strongly recommend it. When I work with "press board" or similar, that is the first thing I do is seal it both sides. In florida, just one week can make it swell from the humidity. Come back and show us your setup when you get it fine-tuned.
 

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I have that table and really like it. I live in the desert, but for several years used an evaporative cooler during summer, which produces high humidity. No problem with the table at all. I know Atlanta can be muggy, but I would not coat it.

The top and edges are sealed, so if I were to coat the bottom, it would be with a good, pure paste wax, well polished. I wouldn't use any kind of liquid on it.
 

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Thanks for your replies, guys. Now I realize why I gave up making my desk myself and bought it on https://eurekaergonomic.com/l-shaped-desks/. In short, my son asked me to make him an L-shaped desk. My brother has a workshop, so I went there. I’ve never been a handy person, so I just wanted to give that a shot. Though I failed and bought a table instead, I still want to learn how to make and repair things myself. Do you guys know I can teach it myself? I’ve not found anything better than Youtube tutorials, but I hate them because sometimes when I watch an hour video and try to practice, it turns out the video is bullshit. So, TIA for your help
 

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G'day @xantiamoor , welcome to the forum
Would you like to introduce yourself and tell us a bit about your routing history?
 
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